Jobs for Felons

Getting a job is already a daunting task without the added pressure of knowing a past conviction will appear on the applicant's background check. Unfortunately, many offenders are denied employment based on their criminal record, regardless of whether or not the individual is qualified for the position. Fortunately, records can be sealed and convictions can be overturned through expungements. An expungement may help former offenders to find gainful employment under California Law (Labor Code section 432.7), which prevents employers from asking applicants to disclose arrests that did not lead to convictions, or where a diversion program was completed. There are a few occupations that former offenders may still not be eligible for, depending on the offense. Here is a top 10 list of occupations for former offenders:

10. Job - UPS Delivery Driver

UPS has been known to hire felons. The company offers moderate salaries and stable jobs.

9. Job - United States Army

The army accepts people with criminal backgrounds, depending on the severity of the crime. A recruiter should be contacted to verify eligibility.

8. Job - Truck driver

Many trucking companies are willing to hire felons, though a trucking license may be required.

7. Job - Start a business

An obvious way to avoid background checks is through self-employment. Getting a license in a particular field is a great way to prepare to own a business or start a company.

6. Job - Telephone Customer Service

Many companies are willing to hire felons for telephonic customer service, because there is no need to deal with the public in person.

5. Job - Temp Agency

Temp agencies can be a good way to find a temporary poison, which may then lead to permanent employment. Many of the positions offered are day labor, so it is advisable to be in good physical condition.

4. Job - Family business

Try to find employment in a business owned by family or friends, who will most likely be more than willing to help their loved one gain employment and start a new life.

3. Job - Independent Contractor

People are generally willing to hire independent contractors who work hard and who do their jobs well.

2. Job - Privately owned small businesses

Some chain businesses have rules against hiring felons. Small business owners are more likely to take a 'risk' in hiring employees. Smaller businesses also allow applicants to be more personal with the business owner.

1. Recommended Job - Online GPT Services

Online 'G-P-T' or "Get-Paid-To" services are the best jobs for felons, because there are no required screenings, background checks, drug tests, etc. Everyone is accepted, and there is the bonus of working as little or as much as possible. Online 'GPT' services offer a great way to make a few hundred dollars a month without spending a lot of time working. There are many GPT services available, some better then others. Here are a few occupations with specific restrictions for offenders:

Police Officer

According to California Government Code section 1029, a person who is convicted of a felony may not become a police officer. If eligible, it may be possible to reduce the felony to a misdemeanor, which, once expunged, may make the offender eligible for candidacy. In order to apply to be a police officer, the applicant must also be able to carry a firearm, which is a right denied to offenders convicted of a felony, violent misdemeanors, or domestic violence. Those interested in employment with law enforcement must be eligible to their restore firearms rights in addition to being eligible for an expungement.

School Teachers, Nurses, Caregivers, and Other Public Service Positions

Generally, sex offenders are not eligible for employment in positions working with children, such as school teachers. Former substance offenders may be eligible for employment depending on the conviction. Since every case is different, most institutions take into account factors such as the severity of the case, the age of the case, the number of offenses the applicant has committed, and so on.

Careers in Banks

Section 19 of the FDIA (Federal Deposit Insurance Act) allows banks and other financial institutions to bar any prospective and current employees who have "Breach of Trust" or "Dishonesty" convictions from finding employment in banks, regardless of whether or not an expungement has been granted. "Breach of Trust" means a wrongful act, use, misappropriation or omission with respect to any property or fund. "Dishonesty" means to directly or indirectly cheat or defraud for monetary gain or its equivalent. Other offenses may include petty or grand theft, burglary, insufficient checks, possession of drugs for distribution or sales, embezzlement, fraud, fraud to obtain aid or benefits, and money laundering. The FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) offers a waiver to those interested in gaining employment with a financial institution.
Here is a list of sites that may aid former offenders in finding employment:

www.ceoworks.org
www.felonresources.com
www.oedworks.com/exoffender.htm
www.workforcelink.com/html/rio/default_rio.html
www.careeronestop.org
www.secondchancecenter.com/
www.hirenetwork.org
www.secondchancecenter.com/Phoenix_Felon_Employment.htm
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